store / organize / edit photos - From my External HDD ..?

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  1. siam macrumors regular

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    I have many Photo's all ready stored on my external HDD, and would like to keep them on my external HDD and not
    install / store them on my iMac, just use the iMac to view them . Is there any way I can store / organize / edit
    my photos just simple stuff , but from my external HDD ..?

    Any Ideas ..?

    Thanks
     
  2. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

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    Yes it can be done.

    I assume you are editing your photos with iPhoto? If so, just move your iPhoto Library to your External HD. I have 7 Libraries on my EX HD. Unless the HD is plugged in, iPhoto will not be able to find the libraries.

    The iPhoto Library is located in your Home Folder -> Then in the Pictures Folder -> There is a file with the iPhoto logo which is the Library.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. siam thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi , thanks for the comments , just a thought .. if the iPhto Library is stored on my external HDD and I use iPhoto to do some editing on my iMac , would any of the photo's edited be left some where on my iMac after ive removed my external HDD ..?

    I wonder if theres some thing else other that iPhoto I can use that will not leave any thing thats been edited on my iMac ..?

    So my Ideas is to store all my photos on my external HDD , edit the photos using some thing from my external HDD ,leave no photo's on my iMac after ive done editing or viewing them .

    I can password lock my private information on my iMac, but not my photo's .

    Any thoughts or ideas would be most welcome

    Thanks
     
  4. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

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    Well if I catch your drift, and I think that I do, you want to be able to edit your photos on your EX HD and leave no trace of the photos on the iMac.

    This is exactly how I have it on my MacBook Pro. And yes, you can password protect your photos.

    1. Download this Application: http://mac-free.com/download/LameSecure.html

    This is a download link for an free Application called LameSecure. Don't let the name fool you, this is a great tool for completing the task you have.

    2. Open LameSecure

    3. It will ask you to Open a File or Folder on your system. Select the iPhoto Application that you want to password protect.

    4. Select Both from the Password Protect menu:
    Picture 1.png

    5. Now enter a password for your file:
    Picture 2.png

    6. Click Update to apply the password

    The iPhoto Application is now password protected and when opened, LameSecure will open and present a Password Entry box. Now, the box will only open if you open the iPhoto Application. If you open the Library, the password box will not appear. I don't think it is safe to apply the password protect on the actual library, but I could be wrong.

    ***NOTE, when a new iPhoto Update is released by Apple, the iPhoto Application can not be updated because of the protection. You must remove the protection before updating:

    1. Open LS

    2. Select the iPhoto Application

    3. Click Remove and then Click Remove again:
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    4. After updating, complete the 1st line of steps to protect it again.


    This is probably my longest post!
     
  5. siam thread starter macrumors regular

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    What Can I say , But only ... You are a Star ✷ ✷ ✷

    so Thanks its much appreciated , I will post back how I get on.



    Siam
     
  6. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

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    No problemo!
     

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